Cunninghame Graham Library

On Wednesday morning, the Cunninghame Graham Library opens at the Smith. Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham was perhaps the finest short story writer of all time. Laird of Gartmore, and so aristocratic that he was known as “the uncrowned king of Scotland”, he was also the first socialist MP in Westminster.

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image shows two silver communion goblets made by Johan Gottleif Bilsinds inscribed ‘The Communion Cups of the Kirk of Drymen 1732’

Drymen Communion Silver, 1732

Next Thursday (18 February) there will be a celebration at the Stirling Smith for the purchase of two silver cups, inscribed ‘The Communion Cups of the Kirk of Drymen 1732’. These are very rare communion vessels, made by émigré silversmith Johan Gottleiff Bilsinds of Glasgow. Only a very few examples

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Model showing Cambuskenneth Abbey

Cambuskenneth Abbey

The recent archaeological investigations at Cambuskenneth Abbey have highlighted the importance of the ruins as a site of great significance. Archaeologist Murray Cook rightly describes it as ‘one of Stirling’s most overlooked jewels.’ When it was functioning as a monastery, before the Reformation in 1560, it was part of the

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Guardians of Scotland Trust

The exhibition of the six finalists in the Guardians of Scotland Trust competition for the design of an artwork to commemorate the part of both William Wallace and Andrew de Moray continues at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum until 21 February. Moray died not long after the battle

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Drouthy Neebours, The Great Art Quest

Today’s story is about the up and coming generation of Stirling artists. This painting by Liam McQueen of Riverside Primary School is one of many in the Great Art Quest exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum which takes its inspiration from Robert Burns’ great poem Tam O’

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Day Dress

Sewing Sample Day Dress, by Matilda Murdoch, 1839

The Stirling Smith does not have a large collection of costume, but this is one of 26 items, sewn by eight year old Matilda Murdoch in 1839. Each piece of clothing is a sewing sample, produced to demonstrate how the stitching should be done. This dress is no more than

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A Rare Stirling Gift, Mauchlineware Souvenir

Today, visitors expect – and get – quality souvenirs at our visitor attractions. Today’s object from the Smith collections is a souvenir which is at least 155 years old, and was sold in the Douglas Room within Stirling Castle. It is a bound book containing frames for 48 cartes de

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I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, Tommie Connor

Today’s story features a popular song sheet from the Stirling Smith collections. British song writer Tommie Connor produced both the music and lyrics for ‘I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus’, which has been a regular hit in the charts since it was first recorded in 1952. It was commissioned by

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Stirling Christmas Card

Stirling Christmas Card, 1904

The view may be familiar but the Christmas card is from another era – from the time when Stirling was a printing and publishing town, and when the words from Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake about ‘the bulwark of the North, Grey Stirling with her towers and town’

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Kitchen Vegetables

Kitchen Vegetables, Thomas Stuart Smith

This is one of many small works in oils, by the artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815-1869) founder of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum through his bequest. According to his fellow artist James Orrock, Smith was ‘a man who could paint anything’ and the beauty of his brush work,

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